CFP > AAR 2018, Denver: Yogācāra Studies Unit

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Dear colleagues, 

Proposals for the Yogācāra Studies Unit, American Academy of Religion, 2018 meeting in Denver are now being accepted. Please feel free to share this with anyone you might be interested in submitting a proposal.

The unit has announced the following topics (go here for online information from AAR and for links to submission process):


Statement of Purpose: 

The Yogācāra tradition within Buddhism provides the seminal basis for many forms of Mahāyāna Buddhism. Yogācāra was the preeminent Buddhist school for many centuries in India, East Asia, and Tibet. Even after its relative decline as a distinct tradition, its teachings continued to provide the basis for both the theory and practice of subsequent Buddhist Mahāyāna schools throughout Asia, and it has seen a resurgence in the 20th and 21st century in Asia, including in China, Hong Kong, Japan, and among Tibetans.

Call for Papers: 

The Yogācāra Studies Unit is pleased to announce a call for papers for the 2018 Annual Meeting in Denver. We have one dedicated panel and can co-sponsor a second if another group is willing.

To date we have received three proposals for a text panel:

• The Mahāyāna-saṃgraha
(Douglas Duckworth:

• Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra Chapter Two
(John Dunne:

• The Bodhisattvabhūmi
Paul Hackett:

Anyone interested in participating should contact the panel coordinator. This panel will follow the standard format from previous meetings: 7-8 minute presentations designed to stimulate discussion on issues relating to the text, followed by close reading of versions in Asian languages (Sanskrit, Chinese, Tibetan, etc.) and expanded discussion by attendees. Copies of the selected text will be placed in a Dropbox folder for those who plan to attend.

Suggestions for co-sponsored panels:

• Yogācāra’s Influence on Korean Buddhism
(Charles Muller:

• Theory and Practice of Yoga and Bodily Disciplines in India and China
We are taking the term “yoga” in a broad sense, to include bodily disciplines, hygienic regimens, inner alchemy, breathing techniques, body maps, pursuit of physical immortality, etc. Approaches can be historical, descriptive, theoretical, etc. The goal is to begin an informed exchanged of information between scholars working on Indian yoga traditions and those working on comparable practices in China. Comparative proposals are welcome, as are proposals focusing on a single work, lineage, set of techniques, etc. from either India or China. Co-sponsored session with Indian and Chinese Religions Compared Unit, the Daoist Studies Unit, the Tantric Studies Unit, and the Yogacara Studies Unit.
Dan Lusthaus, Harvard University (
Michael Allen, Univ. of Virginia (




Best wishes,

Joy Brennen and Roy Tzohar

Co-chairs, Yogācāra Studies Unit